I never start a holiday, even a backpacking one, with the intention of going hiking. Hiking is hard work and my dream holiday involves no work harder than sitting on a beach drinking fresh coconut water. However it would seem every time I travel I end up going hiking.

When I travelled around South America I did four hikes. Three of them were longer than five days! I did so much hiking it inspired my blog post How to Survive Any Hike.

China was no different. I was travelling in the south of the country in a province called Yunnan. I kept hearing about Tiger Leaping Gorge and thought “Well, if everyone goes on about it that much I should do it”. It turned out to be a beautiful hike – that is – as soon as the quarry at the start of the trail was out of sight. The hike was taxing for the first couple of hours – I needed to catch my breath every few steps during the ascent – but then it flattened out and became a very pleasant 2 day hike.

In the video below I share my experience of the hike and give some tips on how to do it in one, two or three days.


Published by Lettice

Lettice is an avid traveller, volunteer and writer. Follow her blogs for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there.


    1. Thank you for watching the video :)I recommend visiting the gorge. You are not too old! There are lots of options. In addition to the two paths, which you can take at your own pace, there are 1 day bus excursions with an optional mini-hike. Sorry I forgot to mention it in the video. A British Council friend did it and really enjoyed it.


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